Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has endorsed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Presidential campaign, the first official political endorsement she’s made since holding that office since 2011.
“I got to see first-hand how Gov. Bush led our state with integrity and put in place conservative policies that really made a difference for Florida families. With too many people struggling today, we need Jeb to bring that record to Washington D.C., and I’m proud to support him in that effort.” Jacobs said in her statement.
Jacobs is known for staying far way from any partisan politics. She makes this announcement as the Republican frontrunner is making his sweep through Orlando (story HERE). While the nod from a County Mayor may seem small in the scope of a Presidential campaign, Jacobs carries major business support in the heart of the I-4 Corridor, and may help fundraising efforts for Jeb, as well as create some space between the former Governor and his fellow Candidate and Friend, Senator Marco Rubio.
It will also create some friendly competition with her muncipal counter-part, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who is also known for avoiding partisan races. Dyer has endorsed former Secretary of State and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race (story HERE).